Corruption

Argument

Daniel Ortega's Reality Check

Nicaragua’s president is the latest Latin American populist to flirt with the market. But his political risks are high.

Robert Looney |

Case Studies

Changing the Code on Corruption

How a Brazilian government commission tried to fight back against sleaze.

Deepa Iyer |

Special Report

Stowaway

A reporter travels the treacherous Pakistan-Afghanistan border by truck.

Matthieu Aikins |

Letters

Security Studies

The Honduran ambassador to the United States responds to James Verini.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

You're a Mean One, Mr. Putin

Was 2012 the year Russia's president finally lost it?

Anders Aslund |

Argument

Dynasty

Why are so many Asian countries run by families?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Christian Caryl

Nothing Is Written

The triumph of democracy isn't inevitable. It has to be fought for.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

The Yakuza Lobby

How Japan's murky underworld became the patron and power broker of the ruling party that intended to clean up politics.

Jake Adelstein |

Dispatch

Yemen's Rocky Roadmap

Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns? 

Adam Baron |

Case Studies

The Anti-Godfather

How a mayor set out to save a Sicilian city from neglect and Mafia influence.

Laura Bacon |

Dispatch

Off with Their Heads

Has Vladimir Putin lost control of his “corruption crackdown”?

Simon Shuster |

Argument

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The revenge of the Soviet military.

Celeste A. Wallander |

Argument

Don't Rush to Judgment on Georgia

The new Georgian government's arrests of oppositionists have critics crying foul. But they should let justice run its course.

Michael Cecire |

Dispatch

The Mistress-Industrial Complex

Is adultery the key to solving China’s corruption problem?

Christina Larson |

Argument

How to Cope with Windfall Wealth

Mongolia has been doing a remarkable job of managing a natural-resource bonanza. But dangers still lie ahead.

Peter Murrell |

Argument

Georgian Dream Shows Its Dark Side

Georgia's president-elect is putting the country in strong danger of losing its hard won democracy.

James Kirchick |

Argument

The Dicey Democrat

How a pillar of the old regime in Burma is working to prove his democratic credentials.

William Lloyd-George |

Feature

The Cult of Massoud

How Afghanistan’s Che Guevara still haunts Hamid Karzai.

James Verini |

Argument

Southeast Asia's Economic Poster Child Is Stalling

How the Communist Party is fiddling while Vietnam burns.

Ben Bland |

Argument

Human Rights Now

Six ways China's new leader could be the reformer the Chinese have been waiting for.

Sophie Richardson |

Argument

The Orangutan in a Tuxedo

The good news: Colombia is stable. The bad news: Colombia is stable.

James A. Robinson |

Argument

Coming Apart at the Seams

Burma’s ruling party is under stress. Democrats should be careful what they wish for.

Larry Jagan |

Dispatch

Kafka in Beijing

A tale of an alleged rape and one woman's futile quest for justice in modern China.

John Garnaut |

Christian Caryl

The Corruption Pandemic

Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Nightmare Squared

Longing for the days of Kim Jong Il? Maybe it's time to transfer your affections to the delusional dictator of Equatorial Guinea.

Pedro Pizano |

Argument

The Secret of Islamist Success

Islamist political parties aren't succeeding in the Middle East because they stand for Islam. It's because they have a well-established political brand.

Dalibor Rohac |

Dispatch

Georgia Versus the Forces of Chaos

In the wake of this month’s watershed election in Georgia, a new prime minister and an incumbent president are figuring out how to keep their personal enmity from breaking into open warfare.

Molly Corso |

Feature

Afghanistan's Gray Future

It's Hamid Karzai's country now, and not everything is black and white.

Haseeb Humayoon |

Argument

Blindsided

The results of Georgia’s parliamentary election caught American pollsters completely off guard. They should have tried asking the right questions.

James Kirchick |